Dr Jenny Fisher is Head of Department for Social Care and Social Work at Manchester Metropolitan University. Jenny’s principal research interests centre around community engagement, the social aspects of ageing, wellbeing, ethnography and the role of community spaces. Her recent research has focused on Men in Sheds, place-making with older adults in the UK, Brazil and India Home-Start, community interventions to increase physical inactivity and community organising.
Jenny Fisher considers the perspectives of staff, managers and service users of a Scottish social care charitable organisation for children with complex needs, which faces funding and organisational change, brought about by self-directed support legislation.
Jenny Fisher takes on an Australian study about community development and how umbrella bodies work for networking between organisations and neighbourhoods. She considers the implications of the findings for the UK refers to some other helpful research on the topic.